Mostly Homemade Mom: Layered Summer Pasta Salad

Monday, June 27, 2011

Layered Summer Pasta Salad

So Saturday we had plans to take Silas to Mt. Gretna lake. We were planning on having a picnic lunch there and I volunteered to bring some sort of a pasta salad. Well plans got changed when we realized we had to visit Paul's dad in Abington Hospital. I had to make the pasta salad anyway because the rest of the family still went and they took the booger with them. 

I was searching online for a recipe that used one of the Suddenly Salad mixes since I have a gagillion of them from last week's sale at Weis. Here's the adapted recipe I used:

Layered Summer Pasta Salad
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker 

1 box Suddenly Salad Mix, ranch & bacon flavor
1 1/2 cups ranch salad dressing
3 cups torn romaine lettuce
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Prepare pasta according to box directions by boiling for 12 minutes and rinsing thoroughly with cold water. In a medium bowl, combine ranch & bacon flavor packet with ranch dressing. Add cooled pasta to bowl and stir to combine.

In a 3 or 4 quart container (please excuse my lovely green Tupperware, I was going to a picnic people lol) layer romaine lettuce, broccoli, shredded cheese, pasta mixture, and tomatoes in that order. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

This was a big hit with the guys and I was told they all had 2nd helpings of the salad. There was a good amount left and me and Paul actually had the rest for dinner that night. I added a bit more ranch dressing to the salad, but it had a great fresh taste. Paul's comment was, "If you made a fresh salad like this I'd eat it all the time for dinner." :) Keeper.


  1. I love cold pasta salads. It's such a huge win when the family tells you they'd eat it if you made it again!

  2. I know Rachel I completely agree! My guys are hard to win over on things that don't include bacon or melted mozzarella cheese lol. Thanks for stopping by!


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